Alex Palmer Writes...
The F1 branded trucks were spotted this week on the roads of Europe - which can only mean one thing - summer (and F1) returns to Europe. I do like the big hospitality areas the teams cart around Europe, it just adds that bit more colour to the paddock (although some of the permanent facilities like China do have pretty spectacular paddocks too).

Lots of news to talk about, starting with the rebranding of McLaren (who still don't have a title sponsor) - it was described as more dynamic and predatory livery by the team (covered in AutoSport), but for all the hype I am not actually convinced new sparkly paint will make that Honda engine any better. Might sell more merch though, what they had on sale at earlier rounds this year was bland and boring. There was one twitter wag who hypothesized that the new McLaren might look like this aggressive turtle, what do you think?

Then there's Alonso at his home race being struck down by an eye issue (stye?) that's required him to wear his mirrored sunglasses to all the press/fan events. Great for his sunglasses sponsor, but will he be fit to pilot the more dynamic and predatory McLaren on Sunday? Maybe that's where the turtle comes in.....

But for mine, the car to watch this weekend is the new 'Mad Max' branded Lotus. Seriously, we all know Maldonado has issues, but isn't it just tempting the Crash-ton-ator just a little to much to make him think he's Mad Max?? Shall we take some predictions on how long it'll be before the Mad Max sidepods are in a wall somewhere? Or is that just too uncharitable?

Tire wear is sure to be an issue again this round, with warm and dry conditions forecast - and the usual pollen issues annoying everyone at the circuit who is the slightest bit sensitive to the spring curse of hayfever. Enjoy the race folks - see you on the other side!

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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes363
2VettelFerrari317
3BottasMercedes305
4RäikkönenFerrari205
5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
10HulkenbergRenault43
11MassaWilliams43
12StrollWilliams40
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren17
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes668
2Ferrari522
3Red Bull368
4Force India187
5Williams83
6Renault57
7Toro Rosso53
8Haas47
9McLaren30
10Sauber5